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April 2015 Issue

Link Between Health and Sustainability

Experts increasingly recommend a shift from a diet heavy in animal foods to a plant-centric diet. With the global rise in income levels and urbanization, diets around the world are projected to include more empty calories, dairy, meat, poultry, and eggs, and fewer fruits, vegetables, and plant proteins. This dietary pattern is expected to increase the incidence of type 2 diabetes, cancer, and coronary heart disease, as well as greenhouse gas emissions, by 80 percent by the year 2050. Researchers found promise in three alternative dietary patterns: Vegetarian, Mediterranean, and pescetarian (vegetarian diet that includes seafood), which are higher in fruits, vegetables, and plant proteins, and lower in empty calories and meat. These diets offer better protection against diabetes, cancer, and heart disease, and 30 percent reductions in gas emissions (Mediterranean,) 45 percent (pescetarian,) and 55 percent (vegetarian).  
(Nature, 2014)